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Ham213 version 1.00.007 adds a large ICS-213 printable form option for situations where the message simply needs more space. This comes at the expense of the REPLY section on the modified form.

You can download the latest version here.

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So, my wife was watching television one day, and on the show she was watching they talked about some folks that discovered they had adult ADD/ADHD, and the problems it has caused them in their work and personal relationships. They apparently talked about how to determine whether you or your spouse may also struggle with either of these disorders. She suggested that perhaps I, too, struggle with one of these disorders to a degree.

So, I found an online quiz, which is by no means exhaustive, that could help me, or anyone, determine whether I should consider seeking, or could otherwise benefit from professional help with either ADD or ADHD. My result was a score of 18 (71 on the long quiz), which indicates there is a high likelihood that I struggle with one of these disorders.

I was mildly surprised at this result, at first. I’ve had no trouble determining which of my peers have some ADD/ADHD, but only considered myself mildly susceptible. Never would I even recommend drug regimens to myself or anyone, but it helps to know that there is something else at work in my mind. Even during the course of writing this post, I’ve taken two ADD/ADHD quizzes (both say I definitely have one), four different quizzes on addiction, autism and geekiness, walked around the apartment and played with my infant son. Oh yeah, and edited my post. Thrice. All the while wondering why the mobile version of my site doesn’t have better posting and editing capabilities. Did I mention that I thought and got excited about snowboarding?

Moving on….


Serious ADHD Likely!

Now, to take some more tests like this…

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My Samsung Galaxy S2 (SPH-D710) had an incredibly annoying feature: the camera sounds could not be silenced, no matter what I did.  Some brief searching proved that I was not alone.  It appears as though there are laws in the works in the U.S. that would make silent cell phone cameras illegal (contact your representatives if you feel so inclined), so perhaps this nag was introduced in preparation for impending legislation.

In my opinion, there should be no reason to outlaw silent cell phone cameras.  Just as there are illegitimate reasons for silencing a cell phone camera, there are as many legitimate ones.  So, I worked to find a way to silence mine. continue reading…

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This is a minor build update with a few enhancements.

Resolved

  • Issue #0000001 – Add a button to populate the current date and time into the ICS-213 fields.
  • Issue #0000003 – Add a button to clear the text in the JSON field

Known Issues

No other issues have been addressed with this build.

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You can find download and installation instructions here.

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This build has a a few minor updates.

Resolved

  • Issue #0000010 – Force call signs to be entered in UPPER case
  • Add version control using Git with a remote repository.

Known Issues

No other issues are addressed with this build.  To see a list of current issues, click here.

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You can find download and installation instructions here.

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This is a minor build update with a few odds and ends.  I also fixed my code-signer so I will always sign the application from now on.

Resolved

  • Issue #0000002 – Pressing the “Print” button produces a blank ICS-213 as well as a populated ICS-213
  • Added version control using Git, with a remote repository.

Known Issues

No other issues have been addressed with this build.

Download

You can find download and installation instructions here.

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An exercise last Friday involving local county and municipal agencies, and ARES District 24, gave me the opportunity to share the Ham213 app with some other experienced operators, and get valuable feedback.

First off, the app was well-received. Adam Cartwright, W0AKO, noted that having the ability to print the received message directly to an ICS-213 form without having to copy/paste and reformat by hand was invaluable. Randy Reynard, W0RDR, also said the text seemed to transfer quickly at 1200 baud. Increase that to 9600 baud, and transmission times dropped to less than a quarter of that time (not everyone’s equipment can muster 9600 baud, though; mine included).

Second, there were, as expected, a few complaints and bugs. Adam asked for a “Clear” button that would clear the contents of the JSON field without losing the values on the left hand side, and a button to populate the current date/time into the left-hand side of the form. Both Randy and Adam noticed that after the recent bug fix, some of the fields no longer transfer correctly.

So, in order to keep track of these (and many other) little things, I’ve launched a bug tracking system using MantisBT. These (and other) issues will be logged into this bug tracking system and hopefully, squashed. No login is required to view the system, but if you wish to submit a bug report, you will need to register for access.

You can find the system here: http://mantis.eagleflint.com

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This build fixes a limitation of the Ham213 user interface that prohibits you from pasting large messages (greater than about 1,825 characters) into the JSON field for parsing. Ironically, you could produce the same message from Ham213 without difficulty.

Resolved

The following issue has been resolved:

  • The JSON field in the Ham213 interface will not accept strings greater than about 1,825 characters for parsing.

Known Issues

No other issues have been addressed with this build.

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You can find download and installation instructions here.

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Really, I should call this Part II, and I should call Part II something else.  Alas, I’m unoriginal.

Back to one of the web servers I maintain: the drive filled up again!  It was causing the mail system on that server to fail to deliver some messages (but not all, which is odd).  So I took what I learned from Part II and ran DiskFan to try to hunt down the culprit.  To my surprise, the largest consumer was in Program Files (I expected something in the WINDOWS directory).  A little digging unearthed this directory: C:\Program Files\SmarterTools\SmarterMail\Service\Clam\tmp.

A quick Google yielded this thread: http://forums.smartertools.com/showthread.php/22807-Help!-ClamAV-%28on-SM-5-5%29-has-gone-insane!#89958

It was immediately apparent to me that I needed to write a script to maintain this directory (because let’s be honest, doing it manually is just a little too much like work).  I’ve learned a few things in the last couple months that have proven very effective and now VBScripts are a new fascination for me!

So, here is a VBScript that maintains said directory, deleting anything older than 2 days (feel free to adjust it to your liking):

Option Explicit
Dim fso
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

Dim tmpFolder
Set tmpFolder = fso.GetFolder("C:\Program Files\SmarterTools\SmarterMail\Service\Clam\tmp")

Dim tmpCollection
Set tmpCollection = tmpFolder.SubFolders

Dim delFolder
Dim killFolder
For Each delFolder in tmpCollection
    Set killFolder = fso.GetFolder(delFolder)
    If DateDiff("d", killFolder.DateLastModified, Now) > 2 Then
        fso.DeleteFolder killFolder, True
    End If
Next

If you don’t want to write the thing (after all, why would you write the thing yourself?), you can download it from here.  I scheduled the script to run as a task every day at 12:01 AM.  Seems to work like a champ!

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If you’re like me, you don’t like to wait for someone else to find the time to do a simple task for you.  If you’re like me, you’d rather have the power to do it yourself.

Hopefully this will help those kinds of people…

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